Weber County library expansion faces public hearing

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:06 AM

Jesus Lopez Jr.

OGDEN — The Weber County Board of Commissioners will have a public hearing at the 10 a.m. commission meeting Tuesday at the Weber Center, 2380 Washington Blvd.

The topic will be the library expansion plan. The estimated price tag of the plan is $49 million.

The plan covers the future of the Weber County Library, including expanding the library system in the western area of the county and renovation of the main library.

To pay for the improvements, the county may propose a bond election on June 25.

However, county officials are also looking at ways to fix the library without raising taxes.

Commissioner Jan Zogmaister said an option is to roll over retiring bonds, such as the one created for the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, to help pay for the renovations.

Library Director Lynnda Wangsgard said the Weber County Main Library, at 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, is in imminent danger, facing myriad issues, including flooding and electrical and boiler problems.

To fix the problems, surveyors recommended a three-step approach, beginning with replacing the Southwest Branch with a new and larger building in the western area of Weber County.

The next step would be to move all support services, including administration and the print shop, to the new location.

The final step would be to renovate the Main Library in sections, while keeping it open to the public.

The entire plan would take about five years to complete.

Zogmaister said the move would complete the original library plan as it was designed years ago.

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